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KLIATTAsk any mother of daughters: the only thing tougher than being an adolescent girl is being her mother. Terri Apter, a professor of family dynamics and author of Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters During Adolescence, once again explores the rough terrain of mother-daughter relationships. She does this by including actual mother-daughter conversations along with her theories. She finds patterns in teenage behavior and strategies to deal with them, although she warns against too much theory and asks mothers to remember their own adolescence and relationship with their mothers. Rather than viewing teenage rebellion as an attempt to leave one's mother, Apter sees it as an attempt by daughters to relate to their mothers in a new way by making their mothers see them as the young adults they want to be. Though some of the advice mothers know intuitively (for example, wait until you are both calm before trying to finalize a solution), it is sound. Perhaps the most important observation Apter makes is that daughters are not trying to make their mothers crazy or to reject them, but instead are trying hard to define themselves. Understanding that daughters' harsh judgment of their mothers ("I hate the way she breathes") is based on the closeness that makes them aware of every aspect of their mothers' being doesn't make it any easier to accept, but it may make it easier to understand. Apter also looks at the relationship of middle-aged mothers with their own mothers, which usually becomes one of appreciation--a note of hope for any mother of a 15-year-old. Although the book is written more as a narrative than a self-help tome, the author's credentials and experience lend credibility to herwork. KLIATT Codes: SA--Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Norton, 280p. notes. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.